I wonder if your grandad was a baker before he bought this shop. Apparently the shed/outhouse of 19 Commercial Street which was just around the corner was once a small bakery. That would be before 1955 so I wonder whose it was?
My grandad bought it off Sam Boots. Some of the old timers still called it Boots’s well into the 1980’s. My grandad worked for Sam Boots from 1929, prior to buying it in the 40’s. Before it was a bakers it used to be a fish ‘n’ chip shop, before the Great War. The custards and pies are still made to the same recipe, and I used to take a whole load back to London too.
If it has been called Martins since 45 why did my family always call it Bootsies. I presumed that was an earlier name.
I relocated to London nearly thirty years ago, but always had potato pie peas and gravy whilst visiting and took back a caseload of custards.
I moved from the area in 1955 leaving all my faily there.We first moved to Gloucester then to Poole and each year members of my fcamily came to visit. Theyeach had to bring with them from MARTINSBAKERS; 1 doz teacakes 1 doz Oven Bottom Muffins. 1 doz Meat Pies and 1 doz Potato pies. Wonderfull. Havent had them for a few years now.